Management of recurrent schwannoma of the cauda equina: A case report

Francisco Perez-Pinto, Juan Felipe Abaunza-Camacho, David Vergara-Garcia, Camilo Benavides, William Mauricio Riveros, Leonardo Laverde

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Background: Schwannomas of the cauda equina are rare intradural primary spinal tumors. Many of these patients initially present with cauda equina syndromes, and only 2.2% demonstrate clinical recurrence. Gross total excision is the procedure of choice. Case Description: A 62-year-old female had undergone resection of a cauda equina schwannoma 5 years previously. She newly presented with cauda equina symptoms attributed to a recurrent schwannoma. Following gross total secondary tumor resection, the patient’s preoperative deficits fully resolved, and the tumor never recurred. Conclusion: Secondary gross total excision of schwannomas of the cauda equina is critical to avoid further tumor recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number312
JournalSurgical Neurology International
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Cauda equine
  • Gross total excision
  • Intradural tumor
  • Schwannoma
  • Tumor recurrence


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